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how early into pregnancy can you find out the gender?

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Loubilouu Fri 26-Nov-10 20:55:31

how early into pregnancy can you find out the gender of the baby?

lilly13 Fri 26-Nov-10 20:57:17

we found out at 12 weeks... typically, one can find out at around 20-22 weeks..

LunaticFringe Fri 26-Nov-10 20:58:07

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onimolap Fri 26-Nov-10 21:06:31

You can find out the sex either by invasive testing (CVS, amniocentesis) usually after about 12 weeks. You can also look for indicators of sex during scans, but it's unlikely you'd get a definitve view before about 16weeks, and possibly later if the baby is not lying in a suitable position.

Gender -as a societal concept - is unlikely to be determined before the teen years.

MuffinMouse Fri 26-Nov-10 21:48:41

We had a nuchal scan at 12+3 weeks at a private clinic and they were able to give us a reasonable estimate of the sex then.

bearcrumble Fri 26-Nov-10 21:52:23

Same - had a 12 week scan with Prof Campbell at Create. He said he was 99% sure it was a boy. It was. It's all about the angle apparently.

HamsterPoo Fri 26-Nov-10 21:54:23

Ime it's pretty reliable from about 40 weeks onwards

poorbuthappy Fri 26-Nov-10 21:57:44

Had a private nuchal scan for our twins at 13 weeks and told they thought it was 2 girls...turned out they were right! And yes, its all about the angle of the dangle...

fel1x Fri 26-Nov-10 22:07:46

Had private scan at 12 weeks for both mine and they correctly determined the sex both times

perpetuallypregnant Fri 26-Nov-10 22:27:35

I had a private scan at 16 weeks last time and found out I was having a girl.

I think most private clinics will do sexing scans from 16 weeks onwards.

WanderingInAWinterWonderland Fri 26-Nov-10 22:32:58

One of the ladies on my AN thread found out at 12 weeks that she is having a girl. They checked at the 20 week scan to make sure and it's still a girl grin.

When I was pg with my first
DD the sonographer told me at 16 wk scan that she was a girl. She begged me not to take it for definite though as she said it wasn't accurate. We got the sex checked later on and they said definitely a girl. She's now three! grin

NotanOtter Fri 26-Nov-10 22:36:47

we have always been asked if we want to know at 11/12 weeks

lulu1414 Sat 27-Nov-10 04:53:29

We found out at the nuchal scan at 12 weeks. They said a girl and she was! As the others say- all about the angle- of the pelvis.

TransatlanticCityGirl Sat 27-Nov-10 10:45:44

onimolap - a little bit off topic here, but was intestested in what you said as one of my special interests at university was the study of gender socialisation. I did a lot of reasearch on newborns and believe socialisation process starts from the moment a baby is born, and you can see gender traits starting to develop from a few weeks old, and these learned behaviours are pretty much fixed by the age of 4 or 5 years old. Pretty sad for poor bubs!!

As a result I've spent a lot of time debating if I want to know the sex of the baby before it's born - not sure if those extra 5 months of society deciding what the baby will be like on the basis of it's sex will have any greater effect then if we found out at the point it is obvious (birth).

However I am interested to know, those who found out before the 16 week scan, how was this done? I know there are blood tests but my midwife, who is clueless about most things, can't tell me where to have one.

Karoleann Sat 27-Nov-10 13:24:58

I found out at my 12 week scan, there's apparently a little white line in the genital area that girls have and boys don't.

transatlanticcitygirl-I don't think its sad at all - that's just how it is. Both of my sons had "girl" toys bought for them and apart from the toy pushchair they both love(d)they've never shown any interest. Nor do they have any interest (aesthetically) in what they wear.
It worries me more the forced emasculation of boys especially by educational professionals who seem unable to comprehend the differences between the sexes.

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TransatlanticCityGirl Sat 27-Nov-10 19:05:50

Karoleann if your sons genuinely showed zero interest in stereotypical girl toys that by itself is not sad.
What is sad, in my opinion, is that my in-laws have already decided it would be "wrong" for our son (if it's a boy) to have a pink room, and that "obviously" our daughter (if it's a girl) won't be interested in joining her dad and grandad in a game of golf.
I say let the kids be kids for a bit. Let them try things, have a variety of experiences, and let their true interests come out without interference. If my daughters hate golf and my sons hate pink, so be it. At least it's their choice and not their grandads!

Rubitue Tue 05-Jul-11 14:03:18

We had a private scan at 11+4 weeks and they were fairly certain it was a girl then. 20 week scan 'confirmed' it due to the area "resembling a hamburger" wink

otchayaniye Tue 05-Jul-11 14:23:16

I had my first in Singapore and had weekly scans and was told it was a girl at 11 weeks, with about 90 pct certainty.

KaraJS Tue 05-Jul-11 14:32:01

We payed for a 4 d scan at 16+ 3 they said they wouldn't do it before due to accuracy, do keep hearing people talking about a nub tho?

Curlyems Tue 05-Jul-11 14:42:54

I was told I was having a girl ("95%") at 10-11 weeks but by 16 weeks it was most definitely a boy ("99%") and 100% a boy by 20 weeks. I wouldn't do it again so early as I got it into my head that we were having a girl and was, much as I hate to admit it, disappointed for a day or so when the consultant said boy. If I have another, I will wait until 16 weeks before asking for the sex!

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